May 28, 2006

Another Day in Lovely Montréal

We ate breakfast at Bistro de Paris, an on-site bistro outside of our hotel serving breakfast, lunch and cocktails. We sat outside under the morning sun with Zack. Nothing beats a complimentary continental breakfast, which we decided to upgrade. I had 2 slices of baguettine with jam and butter, a fruit salad, scrambled eggs, tea and orange juice. I was afraid that it would be too much food, but their servings were just enough to make us full, not bloated.

I've been wanting to go to Montréal because of its European flavor. I also wanted to see the Basilique Notre-Dame. It did not disappoint. The interior had more details than the Oratoire St-Joseph, but they're not even comparable. They have different look, a different ambiance. No comparison at all. I went souvenir shopping in that area.

We passed by and took pictures at Montreal City Hall and Place Jacques-Cartier. Then we popped in at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours/Musée Marguerite-Bourgeoys.

Finally, it was time for lunch at the Le Cabaret du Roy in the heart of Vieux Montréal. Thanks to its outdoor seating, they allowed Zack to sit under our table while we were eating. I ordered a three-cheese plate (local unpasteurized Canadian cheeses are not allowed to enter the U.S.), and roasted pork loin with vegetable. My husband ordered steak that came with appetizers - sausage and mixed vegetables dressed with homemade ketchup. Believe me, the dressing tasted far better than the name implies. My sister ordered mussels a la Provençale.

After eating, we passed by the Marche Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market), but didn't go in because we wanted to go sightseeing, not shopping. Then we moved on to the Biodôme de Montréal. Lots of people there, lots of walking done again.

We tried poutine from Restaurant La Belle Province, a fastfood place. Basically, poutine is french fries topped with cheese curds and hot gravy. We heard it was a big hit in Canada, so of course, we had to try it out.

Next was McGill University where an ex-boss used to study. Going to universities reminds me of how much fun it was and how much I want to study again. We'll see about that.

Finally, we checked out the Metro but couldn't ride it. Zack had to be in a carrier, which we left behind. We also did a quick look-see of the underground city of Montréal, a network of passageways connecting more than 1,000 shops in 10 shopping complexes, both above and below street level. We went far enough to satisfy our curiosity. Yet we can't believe we got that far before security got wind of Zack...hehe. Turns out pets aren't allowed in the underground city.

Now we're back at the hotel. Both my husband and Zack are napping. Just look at that tired doggy. Even my older sister fell asleep. I'm the only one awake and blogging.

Montréal is soooo worth going back to.